The best times to visit The Dakotas for ideal weather are

May 14th to September 30th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



Other The Dakotas Travel Info

Weather in The Dakotas


Average temperatures in The Dakotas vary an incredible amount. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 39th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit The Dakotas, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid July where highs are regularly around 89.5°F (31.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 61.8°F (16.6°C) at night.

The Dakotas Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


The Dakotas Temperatures (Celsius)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

The Dakotas Perceived Temperature (F)


The Dakotas Perceived Temperature (C)



Average The Dakotas Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 27 15.7 5.7
Feb 28.3 16.5 6.8
Mar 45.8 31.8 21.7
Apr 58.2 43.7 31.6
May 70.4 55.8 43.7
Jun 79.3 65.9 54.2
Jul 87.6 73.1 60.2
Aug 85.5 70.7 58.2
Sep 78.2 62.1 49.3
Oct 60.8 47.4 36.6
Nov 45.5 32.4 22.3
Dec 28.7 18.2 9

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -2.8 -9.1 -14.6
Feb -2.1 -8.6 -14
Mar 7.7 -0.1 -5.7
Apr 14.6 6.5 -0.2
May 21.3 13.2 6.5
Jun 26.3 18.8 12.3
Jul 30.9 22.8 15.7
Aug 29.7 21.5 14.6
Sep 25.7 16.7 9.6
Oct 16 8.6 2.6
Nov 7.5 0.2 -5.4
Dec -1.8 -7.7 -12.8



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in The Dakotas are November, January, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid January. For example, on the week of January 15th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid June with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of June 11th.

When can you find snow in The Dakotas? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around April, especially close to early November. The best time to ski (if at all) in The Dakotas is often around around December 3rd when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in The Dakotas.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in The Dakotas (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 4% 3 0.4
Feb 7% 2.2 0.9
Mar 7% 2.5 1
Apr 18% 3.3 1.8
May 22% 0 3.7
Jun 24% 0 3.5
Jul 14% 0 1.9
Aug 16% 0 2.9
Sep 9% 0 1.5
Oct 15% 1.2 2.2
Nov 2% 3.2 0.3
Dec 5% 2.8 0.5

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 4 7.6 1
Feb 7 5.6 2.3
Mar 7 6.4 2.5
Apr 18 8.4 4.6
May 22 0 9.4
Jun 24 0 8.9
Jul 14 0 4.8
Aug 16 0 7.4
Sep 9 0 3.8
Oct 15 3 5.6
Nov 2 8.1 0.8
Dec 5 7.1 1.3


Humidity and Wind

The Dakotas has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is April (49.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (69.3%).

Wind in The Dakotas is usually moderate. The windiest month is April, followed by May and March. April’s average wind speed of around 10.4 knots (12 MPH or 19.3 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early May where average top sustained speeds reach 19.2 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in The Dakotas.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 8.7 Gentle breeze 17 Strong breeze
Feb 8.3 Gentle breeze 15.9 Significant breeze
Mar 9.5 Gentle breeze 17.2 Strong breeze
Apr 10.4 Gentle breeze 18.6 Strong breeze
May 10.2 Gentle breeze 18.4 Strong breeze
Jun 8.7 Gentle breeze 16.9 Significant breeze
Jul 8.1 Gentle breeze 15.3 Strong breeze
Aug 8.2 Gentle breeze 15.5 Significant breeze
Sep 9 Gentle breeze 16.2 Strong breeze
Oct 9.4 Gentle breeze 17.1 Strong breeze
Nov 8.8 Gentle breeze 16.3 Strong breeze
Dec 8.2 Gentle breeze 15.5 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 64.9%
Feb 65%
Mar 60.1%
Apr 49.7%
May 52.5%
Jun 59.7%
Jul 55.1%
Aug 57.1%
Sep 53.4%
Oct 56.8%
Nov 60.4%
Dec 69.3%


Is it Safe to Travel to The Dakotas?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Dec 04, 2023 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Dec 04, 2023.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in The Dakotas, the United States is August, followed by March and February. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit The Dakotas in June. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is somewhat extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 55.6 in June means 55.6% of the tourists vs. August.



Overall The Dakotas Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 74.5°F (23.6°C) and 28.3°F (-2.1°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 2 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 4 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in The Dakotas, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 80.7°F (27.1°C) and 36.6°F (2.6°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 to 5 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in The Dakotas to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 31.7°F (-0.2°C) and 25.1°F (-3.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 2 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.


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